Learning to slow down…
How many times have you started a project, only to find halfway through that you made a mistake early on and now you need to backtrack and fix stuff? Or think back on when you first started your career or your business. What do you wish you had known early on that would have helped you get better at what you do faster than you did? Both of those are great examples that most of us can relate to when it would have been better and faster to slow down and figure stuff out before diving in.
When we’re running late, or under pressure to meet a tight deadline, our first reaction is to hurry up and get stuff done as fast as possible. Progress, any progress, is the first goal. The problem is that it’s the wrong mindset and strategy if you want to get something done quickly. A better way to approach it is to stop, take a breath, slow down so you can think it through what you need to accomplish, and then write it out and make a plan to get it done. Often we dive in head first and aren’t prepared for the possiblities of things going awry. Nothing like being unprepared, messing up, and having to start over…save yourself some time and sanity!
- slow down take a breath..
- think..what it is you need to accomplish,
- plan & make some notes.
What’s going to be your fastest way to get from point A to point B? What resources can you tap into? Who can you get to help you? If you start by slowing down, you can move much more quickly down the road and reach your goal faster than if you rush headfirst into the situation.
I highly recommend you spend a little time focusing on slowing down, resting, and being still. Over the coming weeks I will share more blog posts about how I’ve been learning to slow down.
Whenever you find yourself rushing, or doing things on autopilot, remind yourself to slow down, breathe, and question if what you’re doing is the best use of your time. Ask yourself if there’s a better way to do this, and of course, if you should be doing it in the first place. I struggle with this too often and find myself going in circles really not getting anything accomplished.
Whenever you start to take action on a new project, make a plan. Make sure you know where you’re going and what you’re doing. Take the time to think & plan. There’s no bigger waste of time and effort than making the same mistake twice. Hmmm..I wonder how much time I’ve wasted?
Ready to embrace slow thinking?
How about learning to be still?
Stay tuned for plenty of actionable tips and ideas to help you strengthen that impulse control and make time for deliberate thinking in all areas of your life. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.